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    I read/lurk in this section and the similar section on LL with great interest as I get ready to enter Dante's Inferno, LOL. I have a decent idea of what I would like to get into emotionally, then I read something here which makes me think about how it would help me grow -- sometimes it helps me justify my "convictions," other times it makes me question my "emotional tugs." I'm hoping that by reading your responses to the following question(s), it might help me see something to which I have yet to open my eyes. Please note that I am not a pixel peeper in general, and I'm hoping that this does not turn into an overly technical or "a 35FF or MILC will do the same as that at a much lower cost" thread (hence, the Cost/budget not being an issue part). I sincerely thank you in advance.

    Cost/budget not being an issue, if you could choose ONLY one camera and ONLY one lens with which to shoot, what would they be, and why? If you would like to share your primary genre of photography, please feel free to include.
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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) asked the same question last week:

    http://theonlinephotographer.typepad...-gonna-be.html

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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    My Phase One XF with IQ380 back. and the SK 35 mm lens. That's like a 24 mm on a 35 mm full frame - but half the frame is the equivalent of a 70 mm lens at 40 mpx, and a quarter of the frame is still 20 mpx and like 140 mm lens.

    (FYI, I have sony a7rII gear which weighs far, far less but I'd still prefer the great big MF sensor. And you did say economics are not a consideration!)
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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) asked the same question last week:

    http://theonlinephotographer.typepad...-gonna-be.html
    Interesting, thank you. I just started reading it, but I'm hoping the responses here are more geared towards MFD.
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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    I think the answers at TOP are interesting as well, and don't lean toward MF.

    However, if you only get to have one camera you might pick something smaller for convenience, weight, etc.

    If we ignore that, I'd pick an ALPA STC with a 60mm Schneider lens and T/S mount. Pick a back.

    However, I'm going to Florida in a couple of weeks, and just taking my Sony RX-1.
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    As for MF, it would be the Hasselblad SWC. No chance to change lenses just like with a Sony RX1R2 or leica Q except in MF.
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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    The choices when it comes to this would be very individual, since they will reflect personal needs more than ultimate image quality. Digital MF cameras all represent terrific image quality anyway.

    Since I like to shoot film now and then, my choice would be the Hasselblad H5X, the only current camera body with the ability to shoot film as well as digital. It will also accept third party backs, but I don't know what backs are available with the Hasselblad mount nowadays. A Hasselblad back would obviously also be an option.

    My chosen lens would be the 100mm f/2.2. Excellent image quality, relatively compact and a fine choice for portraits, which is what I would mostly us that camera for. But to be honest, I would clearly take a second lens, probably the 35mm f/3.5.
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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
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    Since I like to shoot film now and then, my choice would be the Hasselblad H5X, the only current camera body with the ability to shoot film as well as digital.....
    The H5D can also be used with film backs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udo View Post
    The H5D can also be used with film backs...

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    Ah... that's progress. I didn't know.

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    One camera, one lens?

    Credo 40, 645DF+ bundle with the Schneider 80 LS.
    This is probably the most overlooked, underrated lens in MF currently. It might be a "Kit" lens, but its rendering and sharpness is second to none.
    Enough talking









    The worst kept secret is that there are at least 4 more Mamiya lenses you could get for around USD 300-400 to expand the system. Not as sharp as the Schneiders, but still excellent and have very nice renderings.

    If cost is no bar, you could also look at the higher end Credos (CMOS or CCD, depending on which way you swing).
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    Umm, I think the question that forgot to be asked here is - what will this camera be used for?

    Medium format doesn't automatically imply a certain type of camera as smaller formats do; I could recommend you a 645Z, but it has no [modern] leaf shutter lenses or tilt-shift lenses. 'Blads are really nice cameras, but are also on the heavy side and only feature leaf shutters, so no fast focal plane shooting for you (should you need it). Tech cameras are a very unique way of shooting, but they have a whole laundry list of quirks and limitations. I could go on, but decided to just list a small sample for OP to clarify their needs.

    Edit: Now that I think about it, a Leica S is probably the most indecision-friendly camera out there due to it's adaptability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolor-Pikker View Post
    Umm, I think the question that forgot to be asked here is - what will this camera be used for?

    Medium format doesn't automatically imply a certain type of camera as smaller formats do; I could recommend you a 645Z, but it has no [modern] leaf shutter lenses or tilt-shift lenses. 'Blads are really nice cameras, but are also on the heavy side and only feature leaf shutters, so no fast focal plane shooting for you (should you need it). Tech cameras are a very unique way of shooting, but they have a whole laundry list of quirks and limitations. I could go on, but decided to just list a small sample for OP to clarify their needs.
    I apologize for not clarifying in the original post. I'm not necessarily looking for a specific camera recommendation, perse. I have some limited experience shooting medium format (RZ-67 a couple of decades ago -- I did a lot handheld, so a 'Blad is light by comparison, lol) and even some large format (old Linhof my dad had while I was in high school). I left photography for a long while to pursue another hobby which was more expensive as funds did not permit me to do both. As such, I'm relatively late to digital and currently shoot FF Canon and recently a lot with a few Fuji bodies. As I rediscover my passion for photography, I find myself leaning towards MFD. It's probably not in the best interests of my bank account that the only MFD camera I've played with so far is a XF1/IQ380/IQ350, lol. I rarely shoot landscapes and don't ever see myself shooting with a tech camera, but never say never, right? Some of the amazing images I've seen you guys (and gals) post inspire me to learn how to shoot with one. Though I primarily shoot people, I didn't have a specific use in mind for this camera. Rather the question was posed in the hope that some of the answers might help me see things from another perspective.

    Interestingly, I don't see anyone passionate about shooting with their new BSI-sensor FF Sony (excited maybe, but not passionate), for example. I do, however, see people passionate about their P1's, Blads, Leicas, and Alpas. I've also noticed that those who post the images that WOW me the most are the ones who don't pixel peep or get too technical with their justifications. Most of us are lucky that we have more than one "tool" for the things we like to shoot. I thought that by narrowing it down to one capture device and one optic, I might learn something from the combos and corresponding reason everyone chose.
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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by DucatiTerminator View Post
    Interestingly, I don't see anyone passionate about shooting with their new BSI-sensor FF Sony (excited maybe, but not passionate), for example. I do, however, see people passionate about their P1's, Blads, Leicas, and Alpas.
    You must not read posts by those of us who are passionate about using our 645Z then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DucatiTerminator View Post
    I rarely shoot landscapes and don't ever see myself shooting with a tech camera, but never say never, right? Some of the amazing images I've seen you guys (and gals) post inspire me to learn how to shoot with one. Though I primarily shoot people, I didn't have a specific use in mind for this camera. Rather the question was posed in the hope that some of the answers might help me see things from another perspective.
    Well, if you're looking for a regular SLR-like shooting experience, you've got the two lightweights which are the 645Z and Leica S 007, and two heavyweights, the Hassy H5D and Phase XF1.
    Here's fun comparison I've pulled out of my head from what I remember of these cameras or similar ones I've used in their family.

    645Z:
    + cheapest body & lenses
    + best 33x44mm Sony sensor
    + weather-resistant body
    + tilt-screen w/16x magnification
    - no leaf shutters (just two old manual lenses)
    - only T/S lens is Harblei 45mm Super-Rotator
    - few modern lenses that make full use of the sensor
    - repairs = sent off to Japan

    S 007:
    + excellent line of native lenses; leaf shutters available with most models
    + best weather resistance and build quality
    + adapts any medium format lens, some work natively with AF
    + very ergonomic and simple control layout
    + built-in WiFi + GPS
    - native lenses fairly expensive
    - 37.5mp, 30x45mm sensor may not be everyone's cup of tea
    - no tilt-screen, but you could tether a phone or tablet

    H5D:
    + "true focus" compensates for recomposing
    + full-frame sensor options and high resolution
    + all lenses feature leaf shutters
    + back can be used on tech cameras
    + less expensive than Phase
    - digital backs still have archaic interface
    - Phocus software is underwhelming
    - uncertain future

    XF1:
    + you get to use Capture One
    + full-frame sensor options and high resolution
    + back can be used on tech cameras
    + wide selection of modern and legacy lenses with and without leaf shutters
    + extensive connectivity options
    + long exposure capability on IQx60 backs
    - oi vey, would ya look at the price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    You must not read posts by those of us who are passionate about using our 645Z then.
    My bad and my apologies. I didn't realize that the Pentax had a BSI sensor. I was referring to the the new Sony A7 cameras which I often see compared to MFD from a cost vs. performance standpoint and didn't intend to include the 645Z with the group. And yes, I have read the posts by you and others about your Z's. Perhaps I should have included other cameras in the "passion" list such as Pentax, Rollei, Contax 645, Cambo, Arca, etc., however I simply wanted to draw the contrast that I seem to notice and simply used the four brands I originally mentioned as examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolor-Pikker View Post
    Well, if you're looking for a regular SLR-like shooting experience, you've got the two lightweights which are the 645Z and Leica S 007, and two heavyweights, the Hassy H5D and Phase XF1.
    Here's fun comparison I've pulled out of my head from what I remember of these cameras or similar ones I've used in their family.

    645Z:
    + cheapest body & lenses
    + best 33x44mm Sony sensor
    + weather-resistant body
    + tilt-screen w/16x magnification
    - no leaf shutters (just two old manual lenses)
    - only T/S lens is Harblei 45mm Super-Rotator
    - few modern lenses that make full use of the sensor
    - repairs = sent off to Japan

    S 007:
    + excellent line of native lenses; leaf shutters available with most models
    + best weather resistance and build quality
    + adapts any medium format lens, some work natively with AF
    + very ergonomic and simple control layout
    + built-in WiFi + GPS
    - native lenses fairly expensive
    - 37.5mp, 30x45mm sensor may not be everyone's cup of tea
    - no tilt-screen, but you could tether a phone or tablet

    H5D:
    + "true focus" compensates for recomposing
    + full-frame sensor options and high resolution
    + all lenses feature leaf shutters
    + back can be used on tech cameras
    + less expensive than Phase
    - digital backs still have archaic interface
    - Phocus software is underwhelming
    - uncertain future

    XF1:
    + you get to use Capture One
    + full-frame sensor options and high resolution
    + back can be used on tech cameras
    + wide selection of modern and legacy lenses with and without leaf shutters
    + extensive connectivity options
    + long exposure capability on IQx60 backs
    - oi vey, would ya look at the price?
    Thank you for the comparison. It is very interesting and informative to see it broken down that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DucatiTerminator View Post
    My bad and my apologies. I didn't realize that the Pentax had a BSI sensor.
    Actually, it doesn't, I think he was referring to something else. The A7RII is the first and only camera with a BSI sensor that big. The 645Z gets all of it's dynamic range and low noise purely from having a relatively large pixel pitch and being based on Sony's latest etching process. There is also something going under the hood, since the Hass/Phase/Leaf versions don't quite hit the same levels, probably due to an emphasis on higher color separation over sensitivity/DR.

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    Re: One Camera, One Lens

    for me, it's rather obvious : just look at my posts

    Hasselblad D50 and HC 28. When will we have a D120 (for reasonnable price) ? if Canon can do it with a small sensor ...

    I've a D800e and nice Nikon lenses, but I use it only if I can't use D50 (touchy enviroment where D50 is not recommended because too expensive and too big). I always prefer D50 files, don't ask me why, but it seems a little bit "flat" to me.
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    I doubt there's ever such a thing as "One camera - one lens".

    If I were writing this 6-months ago I'd offer the Cambo WRS and HR40 lens (pick a back however I happen to like the IQ180). I picked the WRS 8-years ago this month and had been very happy using/shooting it in all climates from hot desert to cold winters of Jackson Hole. Things change.

    I've also been using a Phase One DF body with an assortment of lenses until 6-months ago. I've now traded (most) all my prime lenses and use the beautiful 40-80LS along with a 75-150LS (I've been using a 240LS for landscape and with the 2x some wildlife). Then Phase finally released the very long awaited new body the XF and the new 35LS and suddenly things weren't looking the same.

    Very long winded explanation however I'm coming to a point here soon...

    After 8 years of using a tech camera I've decided the new improvements made by Phase and Schneider made me look at things and I decided to sell the Cambo kit and pick up a new 35LS.

    So, to answer this I'd suggest that first this is a very personal choice however for me (a landscape, nature, wildlife photographer) I'd opt for the new XF body, an IQ180 (I've owned the 160 and find the 180 much more to my liking) and for a lens... If I could only have one lens then I'd pick the 40-80LS.

    All the above discussion is based on medium format. My other choice on "One camera, one lens" is what I'm currently using to capture infrared; a Sony A7r converted to capture wide spectrum with a FE24-70 lens and a couple extra infrared filters with my current favorite the 830nm.

    This again all based on person choice of course.

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    Obviously one size doesn't fit all situations.

    That said - for meticulous, deliberate landscape photography I'm happy with what I have: Toyo 810G 8x10" monorail matched with my Cooke XVa triple convertible (311/473/646 mm). Granted it's three focal lengths in one, so I guess I'm cheating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    My Phase One XF with IQ380 back. and the SK 35 mm lens. That's like a 24 mm on a 35 mm full frame - but half the frame is the equivalent of a 70 mm lens at 40 mpx, and a quarter of the frame is still 20 mpx and like 140 mm lens.

    (FYI, I have sony a7rII gear which weighs far, far less but I'd still prefer the great big MF sensor. And you did say economics are not a consideration!)
    If you're shooting with a 35mm lens and crop the image to the equivalent FoV of a 70mm lens, then that would reduce the resolution by a quarter, not a half.

    Crop to 70mm FoV and you'd have 20MP. To 140mm, and you'd only have 5MP.

    Or am I misinterpreting what you wrote?

    To answer the question posed, for me it's easy. The CAPcam and Schneider 120mm

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    Interesting question, for which there is no single good answer. It's like when I get asked by family or friends - what camera do you recommend? The answer clearly depends upon 'what do you want to do with it and how much do you want to spend?"

    Since the second part of the question is moot here (cost not being an issue), the answer then must depend on what one is going to do with it. The responses here so far have again highlighted people's own personal preferences (and perhaps prejudices).

    There is no SINGLE camera/lens combo that will serve all the needs of most photographers, certainly not mine.

    My first love is wildlife, including action shots. Although not so much into close-up portraits, I still need a longish zoom for animals on the African plains and the camera has to be capable of rapid AF and fast frame rate - at least 8 fps.

    Second love is landscapes and nature. Need a relatively high resolution sensor, with a wide angle lens on it that is also capable of night photography.

    I also like travel photography and sometimes the wife insists I take family portraits too

    No way a single body/lens can fit the bill.

    Hypothetically though, if I had to choose just one, I would go with the Canon 1DX with the 28-300 f3.5-5.6L combo.

    Yes, tame it is, but the 1DX is probably the best wildlife camera out there, with its superb AF, up to 14fps capability and full weather sealing. The images out of it are some of the most natural I have seen, where animals are concerned.

    The lens is a compromise, sure, but gets me the long zoom, and at the wide angle I can probably stitch verticals for a pano style image. Yes, it is too slow for northern lights but that's one thing I will have to live with. Not as sharp as the 24-70 MkII or 70-200 2.8 but still very good for the range it covers.

    There you have it. One camera, one lens for both wildlife and nature. Since I don't do fashion/street stuff, the size/heft of the combo would not bother me. Heck it would even work for people and family portraits for holidays and all that. Given the huge bags people carry these days, it might even work for travel with the zoom on it without attracting too much attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
    I doubt there's ever such a thing as "One camera - one lens".

    If I were writing this 6-months ago I'd offer the Cambo WRS and HR40 lens (pick a back however I happen to like the IQ180). I picked the WRS 8-years ago this month and had been very happy using/shooting it in all climates from hot desert to cold winters of Jackson Hole. Things change.

    I've also been using a Phase One DF body with an assortment of lenses until 6-months ago. I've now traded (most) all my prime lenses and use the beautiful 40-80LS along with a 75-150LS (I've been using a 240LS for landscape and with the 2x some wildlife). Then Phase finally released the very long awaited new body the XF and the new 35LS and suddenly things weren't looking the same.

    Very long winded explanation however I'm coming to a point here soon...

    After 8 years of using a tech camera I've decided the new improvements made by Phase and Schneider made me look at things and I decided to sell the Cambo kit and pick up a new 35LS.

    So, to answer this I'd suggest that first this is a very personal choice however for me (a landscape, nature, wildlife photographer) I'd opt for the new XF body, an IQ180 (I've owned the 160 and find the 180 much more to my liking) and for a lens... If I could only have one lens then I'd pick the 40-80LS.

    All the above discussion is based on medium format. My other choice on "One camera, one lens" is what I'm currently using to capture infrared; a Sony A7r converted to capture wide spectrum with a FE24-70 lens and a couple extra infrared filters with my current favorite the 830nm.

    This again all based on person choice of course.

    Don
    Of course there really isn't such a thing -- it is more of a thinking exercise, kind of like picking your desert island camera/lens. I remember reading an article written by a photographer whose work I like where he said that if his studio were on fire and he could save one camera it would be his Fuji X100T, and he actually also shoots with a IQ140. I put my own spin on it with a medium format emphasis hoping to gain some insight or an additional perspective or two.

    I love the crazy cool things some of you guys do with tech cameras. Not my genre of photography from a creative standpoint only because it is easy for me to know what I like when I see it, but I lack the creative eye to capture such images. For now and the near future, I'm content to admire and enjoy from afar. BTW, great work, Don. I've been admiring your work since I first stepped foot in this forum. Your response actually intrigues me in that from my limited viewpoint, I don't see many move away from tech cams. Rather it's the other way around. I have no doubt you will continue to produce outstanding images, but your new workflow, for example, expands my understanding. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    Obviously one size doesn't fit all situations.

    That said - for meticulous, deliberate landscape photography I'm happy with what I have: Toyo 810G 8x10" monorail matched with my Cooke XVa triple convertible (311/473/646 mm). Granted it's three focal lengths in one, so I guess I'm cheating.
    Very cool! I've always wanted to shoot 8x10 just because. If you are lugging that thing around, I would say you get to cheat. lol
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    Hi,

    In my case that would be a superzoom bridge camera. Sony RX10II, Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 or something similar. But, I would never really consider a camera with just a limited lens.

    The cameras mentioned above can probably make print-worthy pictures in decent sizes.

    I shoot many things, foremost landscape but also nature, macro, street. No portraits and no commercial work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pradeep View Post
    Interesting question, for which there is no single good answer. It's like when I get asked by family or friends - what camera do you recommend? The answer clearly depends upon 'what do you want to do with it and how much do you want to spend?"

    Since the second part of the question is moot here (cost not being an issue), the answer then must depend on what one is going to do with it. The responses here so far have again highlighted people's own personal preferences (and perhaps prejudices).

    There is no SINGLE camera/lens combo that will serve all the needs of most photographers, certainly not mine.

    My first love is wildlife, including action shots. Although not so much into close-up portraits, I still need a longish zoom for animals on the African plains and the camera has to be capable of rapid AF and fast frame rate - at least 8 fps.

    Second love is landscapes and nature. Need a relatively high resolution sensor, with a wide angle lens on it that is also capable of night photography.

    I also like travel photography and sometimes the wife insists I take family portraits too

    No way a single body/lens can fit the bill.

    Hypothetically though, if I had to choose just one, I would go with the Canon 1DX with the 28-300 f3.5-5.6L combo.

    Yes, tame it is, but the 1DX is probably the best wildlife camera out there, with its superb AF, up to 14fps capability and full weather sealing. The images out of it are some of the most natural I have seen, where animals are concerned.

    The lens is a compromise, sure, but gets me the long zoom, and at the wide angle I can probably stitch verticals for a pano style image. Yes, it is too slow for northern lights but that's one thing I will have to live with. Not as sharp as the 24-70 MkII or 70-200 2.8 but still very good for the range it covers.

    There you have it. One camera, one lens for both wildlife and nature. Since I don't do fashion/street stuff, the size/heft of the combo would not bother me. Heck it would even work for people and family portraits for holidays and all that. Given the huge bags people carry these days, it might even work for travel with the zoom on it without attracting too much attention.
    Pradeep,

    I think you may be reading too much into the question. I'm not looking for a single body/lens to fit the bill. It is simply a hypothetical question. I actually welcome the highlighting of members' own personal preferences -- that's kind of the idea, lol.

    The second part of the question is actually not moot to me. "Cost not being an issue" was added in an attempt to keep this from becoming a Sony A7X/Nikon D8XX value vs. IQ/overpriced MFDB debate. Perhaps this isn't as relevant here, but it gets annoying on the other forum very quickly. But on a personal note, cost actually isn't an issue in this particular case as a XF1/IQ380 is actually on the table. And no, I don't expect it to serve all of my NEEDS, none of them actually. I recognize it is something that will help me do what I WANT to do -- since I don't do this for a living, I can't justify it as a NEED. Though I have made money from my photography and have paid for most of my equipment that way, I don't rely on it as form of income and have to recognize it for what it is -- A WANT.

    At the risk of going off topic, "your Phase dilemma" is one of the things that indirectly lead me to this forum. No disrespect, and without criticizing your decision, personally I would have done it differently. There isn't anything I shoot that couldn't be shot with the IQ180 or 645Z or with any of the the other cameras mentioned in this thread (with the exception of the Toyo and perhaps the tech cameras) for that matter.. And if I'm brutally honest with myself, I'd be happy with any of the equipment mentioned here and find a way to make it work for me.

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    If I could only bring one body/back/lens to a remote island for the rest of my life, I would go;
    Alpa STC, Schneider 60 XL and a IQ260 Achromatic. (and I have none of those components)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DucatiTerminator View Post
    Pradeep,

    I think you may be reading too much into the question. I'm not looking for a single body/lens to fit the bill. It is simply a hypothetical question. I actually welcome the highlighting of members' own personal preferences -- that's kind of the idea, lol.

    The second part of the question is actually not moot to me. "Cost not being an issue" was added in an attempt to keep this from becoming a Sony A7X/Nikon D8XX value vs. IQ/overpriced MFDB debate. Perhaps this isn't as relevant here, but it gets annoying on the other forum very quickly. But on a personal note, cost actually isn't an issue in this particular case as a XF1/IQ380 is actually on the table. And no, I don't expect it to serve all of my NEEDS, none of them actually. I recognize it is something that will help me do what I WANT to do -- since I don't do this for a living, I can't justify it as a NEED. Though I have made money from my photography and have paid for most of my equipment that way, I don't rely on it as form of income and have to recognize it for what it is -- A WANT.

    At the risk of going off topic, "your Phase dilemma" is one of the things that indirectly lead me to this forum. No disrespect, and without criticizing your decision, personally I would have done it differently. There isn't anything I shoot that couldn't be shot with the IQ180 or 645Z or with any of the the other cameras mentioned in this thread (with the exception of the Toyo and perhaps the tech cameras) for that matter.. And if I'm brutally honest with myself, I'd be happy with any of the equipment mentioned here and find a way to make it work for me.

    Alvin

    Ah, Alvin, so the question then should be, what would your choice of a single camera/lens be, regardless of what/how/where you shoot and perhaps with the cost not being a factor. That would make it a lot more interesting. My current favorite (of everything I've tried so far) would then be the Pentax 645Z with the DFA 55mm lens on it. Handheld, super sharp at 1/15 sec, gobs of resolution, great color, ability to pull up shadows by 4 stops etc. etc.

    I've never handled the Leica S, it is possible I would choose that body instead, but I don't know.

    In the real world, cost does become a factor if only as a measure of value. Even when one has enough money to be able to indulge, you want more than bragging rights, the object has to hold tremendous appeal for you. If I can spend three times as much on a car and find it to be money well spent, it is because I derive great pleasure driving around in it. There is no way to quantify that.

    Which is why so many people here have liked MF, it is no doubt way more expensive, but there is a unique pleasure in making images with it and who is to say it is not worth it to each of us?

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    Leica M-P, 50 Lux ASPH. I have other gear, but the Leica is the one which puts a smile on my face and the last one I would get rid of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerald.d View Post
    If you're shooting with a 35mm lens and crop the image to the equivalent FoV of a 70mm lens, then that would reduce the resolution by a quarter, not a half.

    Crop to 70mm FoV and you'd have 20MP. To 140mm, and you'd only have 5MP.

    Or am I misinterpreting what you wrote?

    To answer the question posed, for me it's easy. The CAPcam and Schneider 120mm

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    You would need to pack a lot of batteries...

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    Quote Originally Posted by danlindberg View Post
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    You would need to pack a lot of batteries...

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    Morning

    I have travelled a lot over the last 20 years, over 80 countries now from Antarctica to Zambia and if I could have taken one camera and one lens with me everywhere it would have been the S with the 70mm, I could shoot anything I want in any conditions with this combination. In the last 12 months I have shot the S in -40c to +45c with zero issues, I love it!

    That said, if I was to stop commercial photography, no longer travel and consider photography as nothing more than pure enjoyment, I'd go back to 8x10, I have a great darkroom at home now and get as much pleasure from the process as the final result.

    We live in pretty spectacular times for photography, something for everyone.

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    My feedback could differ from a lot of users here, but no offence meant, even if some of this sounds weird.

    I actually can't be passionate about a camera, I can be anal about it yes, I can be demanding and paranoid even, but I wouldn't say passionate.

    I am, however, passionate about the shooting process it encourages me to pursue, I am passionate about the images it makes. These days I find choosing and buying a camera is a complete PITA, way too much choice and subtle differences. Maybe I'm just getting older, but I can't possibly keep up with all the new developments in the camera world. It's even worse when it comes to accessories, OMG, all the bags and tripods, filter holders and filters, etc. etc.

    But anyway, coming back to your one-lens-one-camera question, I would say, for every application there should be a favourite combination, obviously if you're shooting birds you don't want to bring the 4x5 and seldom you have people just focusing on one type of shooting.

    So for landscape and architecture my choice would be the ALPA Max with Rodie 32mm

    For travel snapshots and portrait it would be a Leica M9 with a Noctilux F/1.0

    So there you have it, my opinion...you asked for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjr View Post
    Morning
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    We live in pretty spectacular times for photography, something for everyone.

    Mat
    How true is that!

    Quote Originally Posted by mjr View Post
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    if I could have taken one camera and one lens with me everywhere it would have been the S with the 70mm...............
    I too would probably have loved the S, but I've never tried it. Don't want to fall for something I may regret later - sounds familiar, right

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    If I'd want to keep as much flexibility as possible it would be something like a Canon 5Ds with a 24-70 zoom.

    If I'd want to keep something of the unique creative options I have with my tech cam it would be my Linhof Techno with Schneider 72mm. I have 7 lenses for it today though (35 to 180mm), and I would not like to take away that choice of perspective as I actually enjoy that. In the last trip I shot 42 images and I used all seven lenses. I use longer lenses more often than wide. I don't crop much and never stitch. I find enjoyment in having as close as possible to the final image directly when pressing the shutter.

    I can go all romantic about the slow workflow with the tech cam and how that makes you concentrate on the image blah blah blah, but it's harder to me to go romantic about the lack of lens choice, but we're all different.
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    Rolleiflex 2.8F.

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